Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tutorial: Decorated Frame

You can give decorated frames as gifts or create a beautiful display with them in your home. Jodi shows you how she created her frame in the step by step guide below!

Crafter's Companion Supplies:

Other Items: Frame, glue gun, mouse pad, ball stylist

Step One: Cut a frame out of black cardstock that will fit over the existing frame, covering as much or as little of the frame as desired.

Step Two: Stamp all the floral images and three of the leaf stamp onto the Crafter's Companion watercolor paper.  Use Archival Ink so that it wouldn't bleed when adding the watercolor ink and water. 

Step Three: Pick out a couple of shades of purple and one with a little more pink, then two shades of green. Apply the Spectrum Aqua pens directly to the paper, mostly around the edges and the middle, then dip a brush into some water. 

Before applying the ink, brush it on the back of your hand or on a paper towel to remove some of the water. Then spread the ink around a little bit to add color to the entire image, leaving the edges darker.  

Work in small sections so that the ink is still wet when the water is added to it. If you are using the matching die cuts, it's not important to pay too close of attention to being neat and tidy - a little over the edges is no big deal.

Step Four: After the flowers and leaves are cut out go over the edges of the image with the Aqua marker again to get rid of any white that shows through, or where it might not have lined up perfectly with the die cut.  

This just finishes the image off nicely.

Step Five: Put the stamped image down on a soft mouse pad and use a large ball stylist to press into the paper to slightly curl the edges up.  

Not a lot, but a little just adds a touch of dimension to the finished product.

Step Six: Using a hot glue gun to assemble the flower makes it easy and gives it a little extra dimension.  Glue some leaves on the back, and then glue it directly to the frame.  

Make a whole range of them as gifts for your friends and family!

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Tutorial: Create Your Own Patterned Paper!

Don't have the right papers for a project? Make your own using a stamped image! Giovana has a tutorial here to show you how to do this and then takes it to the next level by creating a fabulous cupcake holder.

Crafter's Companion Supplies:

Step 1: Trace the cupcake box on a piece of construction paper, cut it out.

Step 2: Sponge the cupcake box with Spun Sugar Distress Ink (or any color you desire), cover it until you get an even coat, more layers, more color.

Step 3: Stamp Wallpaper stamp on a piece of Ultra Premium White Cardstock in St. Valentine StazOn Ink. Trace the pieces using the template, cut them out and ink all edges with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.

Step 4: Add slightly bigger piece behind all the stamped pieces of Rose Pearl Shimmering Cardstock, then add Red Liner taper to all the laps and adhere them to create the box.

Step 5: Punch holes on the top score lines, then add ribbon and secure it making 2 or 3 nods, this way your ribbon and bow will stay in place.

Step 6: Die-cut and emboss a piece of Candy Red shimmering cardstock using Lace Hearts Cupcake wrapper.

Step 7: Add a cupcake, here I used yummy warm chocolate brownies. Add cupcake (Brownie) to box and give it to a love one.

TIP: Don' discard the little hearts from the cupcake wrapper, I used them to decorate the box.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Tutorial: No Line Stamping

Holly is here with a tutorial on how to use the no line stamping & coloring technique, which produces really stunning results on cards and projects.

Crafter's Companion supplies:

Other Supplies: 1” blue satin ribbon | 1/4” blue/red grosgrain ribbon | rhinestones


Step 1: Stamp your image. I used a blush ink on white cardstock. You should be able to faintly see your image.

Step 2: Here are two options for assisting in coloring. First, the lightbox works well.

Step 2b: An optional way is to stamp your image on a piece of acetate (make sure you let the ink dry!). Then you can use the image as an overlay to line up your coloring.

Step 3: Color your image. Here I've used Spectrum Noir markers DG2, DG3, DG4, PP1, PP2, GB2, GB5, GB8, CT4, BT7, BT9, DR3, JG6. Final step: Complete your card or project!

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Tutorial: Valentine Box Card

Want to make a memorable Valentine for someone special? Try making a Box Card with Bebunni!

You'll need these supplies:

And: Directions: Red and Green cardstock | Patterned paper | Colorbox Liquid Chalk - Charcoal, Maroon | die cutting machine | Ruler | Craft knife

Step 1: Cut a piece of cardstock to a size of 6" x 10". Using the Box Lid side of the box making board in the Ultimate Tool, score the 6" direction on the 1" score line and on the 2" score line.

Rotate the paper 180 degrees and score again on the 1" line and 2" line.

Step 2: Cut a second piece of coordinating cardstock to 6" x 10". Repeat the scoring steps of Step 1 to score this second piece of cardstock the same way.

One piece will be used for the back of the card and will not be diecut. The other piece will be diecut.

Step 3: Choose which piece will be your card front. Near the top and bottom of this piece, mark lightly with pencil a distance of 1" to the right of the 2" score line. This is where the die needs to align to.

Tip: There are little nubs at the left and right edges of the metal die. These are the points that you want to align with your pencil marking. Turn the die ninety degrees so that the left side of the die aligns to the top mark and the right side of the die aligns to the bottom mark. The hearts should be facing the center portion of the card. 

Tip: Use washi tape or another low-tack tape to hold the die in place. Cut and emboss using a diecutting and embossing machine.

Step 4: Repeat the process for the right side of the card by marking a point 1" to the left of the 2" score line on the right side of the card. Rotate the die 180 degrees so that the hearts are again pointing to the center of the card and align the nubs on the die with the pencil marks.

Tip: When running this through the cutting and embossing machine for this second cut, position the cutting and embossing plates/mats so that they do not cover the first diecut. If they do, they will flatten out the embossing of the first diecut. Instead, position them to allow just enough coverage to cut and emboss the second diecut and let the mats hang off the edge of the platform.

Step 5: Using a ruler and a craft knife, cut from the top of the left diecut over to the top of the right diecut. Also cut from the bottom of the left diecut over to the bottom of the right diecut. Remove the center portion of the panel.

Glue clear acetate to the back side of this panel to complete the window.

Step 6: Decorate the inside of the card before gluing together. A printable topper from the Bebunni Floral papercafting CD is perfect for this card.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Tutorial: Tin of Treats

Do you like to upcycle? We've got a fun way to package treats for Valentine's Day, a birthday, or just to tell someone you care! All you need to do is decide what you will fill it with !

 Crafter's Companion Supplies used:

Other Supplies: Patterned Paper | Twine | Small tin of desired size


Step 1. Stamp image on Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock.

Step 2. Use Spectrum Noir markers to color image.

Markers used: CG2, DG3, DR1, DR5, DR6, EB1, EB2, FS6, GB8, GB10, IB2, IB3, TN2, TN3

Step 3. Measure tin to be covered and trim patterned paper. Adhere to tin with double sided tape.

Step 4. Measure tin lid and trim paper to match. Round corners. Adhere to tin with double sided tape.

Step 5. Trim Kraft card stock to create a mat around colored image. Round corners of each.

Step 6. Trim strip of Kraft cardstock into a tag shape. Punch small hole at top. Add strip of pattern paper to bottom of tag. Stamp sentiment above pattern strip.

Step 7. Adhere matted image with foam tape to side of tin. Wrap twine or similar around tin lid to add tag. Fill tin with goodies and give to a friend!!

What will you fill yours with? 

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